Currys Cycles on Narrow (Bridge) Street

A superb image showing Narrow (Bridge) Street and, in particular, the store of Currys Cycles which was a very early link to the current day Currys Electricals Store which started out as a Leicester based cycle shop.

School Place Floods (1912)

One of the many low lying Peterborough yards that ran behind (Broad) Bridge Street and which were very vulnerable in times of flood as shown here after the August 1912 storms.

Complete with hastily erected walkway, this location was School Yard and would be around the site of today’s Asda store.

Corn Exchange Receipt (1904)

Some form of receipt/invoice from a Corn Exchange transaction in 1904.

H Mobb was Peterborough born Bridge Street boot maker Herbert Mobb (1860-1906) who was son of John Mobb who also ran a shoe making business in the city dating back to the mid 1800s.


City Cinema, Bridge Street (1959)

The City Cinema on Bridge Street, pictured in 1959, just before closure.

The cinema was opened on 27th March 1927 with seating provided in stalls and at circle levels with boxes along the side-walls. The stage was 40 feet deep and there were four dressing rooms. It was equipped with a Conacher 4Manual organ that had 30 speaking stops, which was opened by organists Cooper Francis and G. Rhodes. The cinema also boasted a café and a ballroom.

The City Cinema was the first cinema in the town to screen ‘talkies’ when Al Jolson in “The Singing Fool” was shown in 1929. In 1930 it was fitted with an RCA sound system.

By 1937 it was operated by Peterborough Amusements, owned by the Bancroft family. In 1942, a German incendiary bomb fell on the stage, and it destroyed the Conacher organ. The City Cinema was closed for six weeks while repairs were carried out. Alterations were made in August 1956, when it was equipped with CinemaScope. The proscenium was now 30 feet wide, the side-wall boxes having been removed. The first CinemaScope film to be shown was Jack Hawkins in “Land of the Pharaohs”.

The City Cinema play its last regular programme on 20th March 1960 “Rita Hayworth in “The Story on Page One” and “”Assignment New Zealand” which had played for 7-days. The following day (a Sunday) “The Lone Ranger” and The Bowery Boys in “Crashing Las Vegas” closed the cinema for good. It was demolished in the summer of 1961, and an extension to the adjacent Woolworth’s store was built on the site. It later became a branch of Marks & Spencer.

[Info Courtesy of Ken Roe]

Broad Bridge Street (1915)

1915 on (Broad) Bridge Street close to Town Bridge. The efforts to erect the shop canopy in the foreground come courtesy of Herbert’s Juvenile Outfitters.

Bridge Street Construction (1970)

Bridge Street in 1970 with the new Woolworths (now TKMaxx) building taking shape alongside and totally dwarfing the older premises of MacFisheries. Across the road to the left is Morleys.

Broad Bridge Street

The photographer didn’t quite nail this one but still a wonderful and early shot along Broad Bridge Street and taken from close to Town Bridge.


Coronation Procession (1911)

A procession on (Broad) Bridge Street to celebrate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on 22nd June 1911 and photographed from an upper floor of the old Golden Lion Hotel.

Jauncey’s Cutlery & Tools Store (1934)

Three generations of Jaunceys traded from their Broad Bridge Street premises dating back to at least the very early 1800s. The Tudor half-timbered shop itself dated back even further.

This photo appeared in the Peterborough Advertiser in 1934 when the shop was run by 42 year old George Henry Jauncey. The person in the lower image is his 68 year old father of the same name standing alongside his tool sharpening barrow as featured in the lower image.

Carolas Dance Orchestra (c.1932)

Peterborough’s Carolas Dance Orchestra captured performing in the city around 1932. The venue was the ballroom at the Angel Hotel on Bridge Street.

The band was formed by Tommy Joyce, pictured far left.